After a subpar showing in the first game of the series against Missouri, South Carolina bounced back with a blowout win on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a wild pitch. It was all Gamecocks after that, though. USC ended the shutout and took the lead in the next inning, when Colin Burgess and George Callil both singled, then Brady Allen came through with a homer to make the score 3-1.
The Cocks broke things wide open in the next inning, thanks in large part to Mizzou’s pitching. Wes Clarke started things off with a base hit, Andrew Eyster got hit by a pitch, and both advanced on a balk. Burgess walked with one out to load the bases, then Brennan Milone, Callil, and Allen all walked too to force in three runs, making it a 6-1 game. Three more runs followed on a pair of wild pitches and a sac fly from Braylen Wimmer, bumping the score to 9-1 by the end of the inning.
Carolina’s final two runs of the game came in the eighth inning. Milone doubled to lead off, Allen walked with one out, then Wimmer knocked a base hit to score Milone and Sightler grounded out and Allen came home.
Despite a couple of hiccups, USC starter Brannon Jordan had a good outing overall, pitching five innings and allowing only two hits and one run, while walking four batters and striking eight out. He earned the win and is now 4-2. Daniel Lloyd also took the mound in this game and got the save, his first of the season. Tigers starter Spencer Miles took the loss and drops to 1-6. Clarke led the Gamecocks at the plate with two hits, while Allen tallied four RBI.
South Carolina is now 20-9 overall and 7-4 in the SEC, while Missouri is 11-18 overall and 4-7 in conference play. The rubber game is set to start Sunday at noon at Founders Park.